2018 USA/Canada Commencement Report

NCN News compiled the following list of spring commencement reports from each of the Nazarene institutions of higher education on the USA/Canada Region: 

Ambrose University 
President: Gordon T. Smith 
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
Web: ambrose.edu 
Date of Graduation Exercises: 28 April
Commencement Speakers: Sandra Manning for undergraduate ceremony, Minho Song for seminary, and Keith Walker for education
Number of Graduates: 200
Fast Facts: Convocation events were held on campus and broadcast live over the Internet ... Video.

Eastern Nazarene College  
Provost and CEO: Timothy Wooster 
Location: Quincy, Massachusetts 
Web: enc.edu 
Date of Graduation Exercises: 6 May 
Commencement Speaker: David A. Busic, Church of the Nazarene general superintendent
Number of Graduates: 203
Fast Facts: This was ENC's 96th Spring Commencement ... Faculty emeritus status was granted to Timothy Shetler for his distinguished years of service at ENC ... A spontaneous rendition of the Doxology followed the benediction and captured the spirit of this graduating class … Doxology Moment ... Full Story.

MidAmerica Nazarene University
President: David J. Spittal
Location: Olathe, Kansas
Web: mnu.edu
Dates of Commencement Exercises: 5 May
Commencement Speakers: Dayton Moore, general manager of the Kansas City Royals
Number of Graduates: 700
Fast Facts: MNU's 47th annual commencement was held in two ceremonies ... Of the 700 eligible candidates, 205 were traditional undergraduates, 263 were professional undergraduates, 196 earned graduate degrees, and 36 earned professional or post-graduate certificates ... Photos.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University  
President: Henry W. Spaulding II 
Location: Mount Vernon, Ohio 
Web: mvnu.edu 
Date of Graduation Exercises: 5 May 
Commencement Speaker: Shirley V. Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C.
Number of Graduates: 522
Fast Facts: This was MVNU's 58th Commencement ... The Class of 2018 included 245 traditional undergraduate students and 277 graduate and professional studies students ... Photos ... Full story.

Nazarene Bible College  
President: Harold Graves Jr. 
Web: nbc.edu 
Dates of Graduation Exercises: May 27
Commencement Speaker: Norman Moore, evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene
Number of Graduates: 81
Fast Facts: This was NBC’s 49th Spring Commencement ... Commencement activities were held at Colorado Springs First Church of the Nazarene ... The college awarded 69 Bachelor of Arts degrees, one Associate of Arts degree, and 11 Ministry Preparation Program Certificates ... Ron Attig, who served NBC for 44 years, and Charles Self, who spent 16 years at NBC, were honored with a moment of silence as their regalia was draped on a chair in their remembrance.

Northwest Nazarene University  
President: Joel Pearsall
Location: Nampa, Idaho 
Web: nnu.edu 
Date of Graduation Exercises: 5 May 
Commencement Speaker: Steve Shaw, professor of political science, and Brad Kurtz-Shaw, vice president for Academic Affairs
Number of Graduates: 569
Fast Facts: This was the university's 102nd commencement ceremony ... Separate ceremonies were held to honor graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Adult & Graduate Studies ... Photos ... Full Story

Nazarene Theological Seminary  
President: Jeren Rowell 
Location: Kansas City, Missouri 
Web: nts.edu 
Date of Graduation Exercises: 5 May
Commencement Speaker: Mary R. Paul, vice president for Spiritual Development at Point Loma Nazarene University
Number of graduates: 47
Fast Facts: This was the 72nd Spring Commencement at NTS ... Commencement activities were held in the J. B. Memorial Chapel on campus ... The 47 graduates of the Class of 2018 received degrees as follows: 14 Master of Arts, 25 Master of Divinity, and six Doctor of Ministry ... Three post-graduate certificates were awarded to those earning the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Wesleyan Pastoral Studies ... This year’s graduates represented five countries: USA, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, and Canada ... Photos ... Full Story.
Olivet Nazarene University  
President: John Bowling 
Location: Bourbonnais, Illinois 
Web: olivet.edu 
Date of Graduation Exercises: 5 May 
Commencement Speakers: John Bowling
Number of Graduates: 1,478
Fast Facts: This was Olivet's 105th annual commencement ... Graduates represented 23 different states ... Micah Forshee and Emily Raduns received the awards for outstanding male and female graduates ... There were 629 bachelor's degrees, 137 adult studies bachelor’s degrees, 686 master’s degrees, and 26 doctorate degrees conferred ... Photos ... Full story

Point Loma Nazarene University  
President: Bob Brower 
Location: San Diego, California 
Web: pointloma.edu 
Date of Graduation Exercises: 4-5 May 
Commencement Speaker: April Maskiewicz Cordero, PLNU professor of biology
Number of Graduates: 1,254
Fast Facts: Festivities began on Friday afternoon in the historic Greek Amphitheatre on PLNU's campus with the first of two Graduate and Professional Studies convocations … PLNU celebrated commencement with four ceremonies and its largest number of graduates in a single academic year … This ceremony included the first cohort of graduates in PLNU’s new Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling ... Eight retiring faculty members were recognized and honored throughout the weekend ... Web page.

Southern Nazarene University  
President: J. Keith Newman
Location: Bethany, Oklahoma 
Web: snu.edu 
Date of Graduation Exercises: 12 May
Commencement Speaker: Carla D. Sunberg, Church of the Nazarene general superintendent
Number of Graduates: 403 
Fast Facts: This was SNU's 115th Spring Commencement ... The President’s Award was presented to Kaylin Cummings and Travis Vernier ... Returning graduates of the Class of 1968 were honored as this year’s Golden Grads ... The morning ceremony concluded with the 85-year-old tradition of Ivy Ring, as this year’s graduates gathered around the Lamp of Learning on the central campus mall ... The afternoon ceremony for Professional and Graduate Studies programs was highlighted by the recognition of recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award, honoring a graduate from each program group who excelled in academics, community service, and leadership ...  Photos ... Full story.

Trevecca Nazarene University 
Dan Boone 
Location: Nashville, Tennessee 
Web: trevecca.edu 
Date of Graduation Exercises: 5 May
Commencement Speaker: Sam Green, director of undergraduate research
Number of Graduates: 869
Fast Facts:  This was Trevecca's 117th commencement ... The university honored retiring faculty members Judy Bivens, Ruth Cox, and Steve Harris, awarding each emeritus status ... Trevecca awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters to Pascal Permis of the Southern Florida District ... Kip Kenerly received the university's citizenship award ... Photos ... Full story.